Buckeye Flats Potwisha Campground Sequoia National Park

During a spring visit to Sequoia National Park, temperatures in the high country can still be quite cold. Night time temperatures can fall below freezing and there will be snow on the ground in places. While that may not sound pleasant, camping in the foothills during this time is perfect. There are two campgrounds to choose from. Both offer plenty of shade and mild evening temperatures.

Potwisha Campground

This campground is open year round. It is just four miles from the southern park entrance and sports 42 first-come first-serve sites. There are fire pits, picnic tables, and bear boxes at each site and flush toilets at the facility.

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Potwisha Campground

The campsite is adjacent to the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River and serves as the trailhead to Marble Falls. At 2,100 feet, Potwisha is hot in summer, snow-free in the winter, and perfect in the spring and fall. Sequoia National Park’s main attraction, the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove is a twelve mile drive away.

Potwisha Campground has a dump station and accommodates RVs (for those who camp that way). Otherwise, take a look at Buckeye Flats Campground which is 2.8 miles from Potwisha with 28 sites and similar amenities.

To get to Potwisha Campgrounds: From Southern California, take the 5 North to the 99 North. After 96 miles, take California Route 198 East toward Visalia. The 198 leads straight to Sequoia National Park, where it becomes the Generals Highway. Potwisha Campground is 3.7 miles past the park entrance, on the left (north) side of the road.

Campground address: Generals Highway (California 198), Sequoia National Park, CA 93262
Campground coordinates: 36.51581, -118.800967 (36° 30′ 56.91″N 118° 48′ 03.48″W)

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Buckeye Flats Campground

Buckeye Flats Campground

This 28-site campgrounds sits just above the middle fork of the Kaweah River, whose soothing waters serenade campers to sleep at night until the birds sing them awake in the morning. The campsites are decently spaced, if a bit neighborly. The large well-lit flush toilet bathrooms are quite civilized.

A short hike to Paradise Creek departs from the campground and should be visited by anyone staying in the foothills. While the waters of the Kaweah River are active and violent, the aptly named Paradise Creek offers several swimming holes that are perfectly relaxing.

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The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River near Buckeye Flats Campground

The Middle Fork Trailhead is 1.3 miles east of the Buckeye Flats. From here one can hike to the falls at Panther Creek and beyond into all of the Sierra.

Both campgrounds are $18 a night on top of the park entrance fee. Buckeye Flats is less-crowded and the proximity to the Kaweah River and Paradise Creek make it quite favorable. For more on these and other campgrounds, visit the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Campgrounds.

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The river flowing past Buckeye Flats Campground

To get to Buckeye Flats Campground: From Southern California, take the 5 North to the 99 North. After 96 miles, take California Route 198 East toward Visalia. The 198 leads straight to Sequoia National Park, where it becomes the Generals Highway. Six miles past the park entrance (and a couple miles past Potwisha Campground), you will reach Hospital Rock. Turn right here and drive 0.6 miles farther east on a narrow paved road to Buckeye Flats.

Campground address: Generals Highway (California 198), Sequoia National Park, CA 93262
Campground coordinates: 36.521846, -118.76352 (36° 31′ 18.64″N 118° 45′ 48.67″W)

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Nearby Trails
hiking trails sequoiaMarble Falls
This 8-mile hike takes a flower-lined path up a mountain canyon to a powerful waterfall.
hiking trails sequoiaParadise Creek
This short stroll leaves Buckeye Flats Campground to visit the perfect swimming hole for a hot summer day in the Sierra.
hiking trails sequoiaPanther Creek
This 6-mile hike follows the Middle Fork Trail to a 100 foot waterfall that drops into the Middle Fork of Kaweah River.
hiking trails sequoiaMore trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
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Sequoia CampgroundsWestern Divide Ranger District Campgrounds
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One Comment on Buckeye Flats Campground and Potwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park

  1. quaid says:

    what types and species of spiders can be found at buckeye flats? thank you

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